Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 35

Thread: Binding completely by machine?

  1. #1
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    I'm looking for a method of binding completely by machine. I've watched several videos on how to bind so I know that you fold the strip in half, sew the raw edges together, etc. The videos I've seen when the binding was flipped over to the front it was finished with hand quilting. My hand sewing is terrible. When I bring the binding to the front instead of hand sewing the rest couldn't I just machine stitch it with a straight stitch?

  2. #2
    Super Member Rebecca VLQ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    2,490
    Yup, you can.

    The thing that always happens to me is I "fall off" the back sometimes, so the back stitches do not look "straight" at all!

    Someone said they increase the width of their strip from 2.5 to 3.5 inches and make a wider binding and it works better. I might just have to try this one!

  3. #3
    Super Member tjradj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    London, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,329
    Blog Entries
    1
    Yes you can sew it by machine. I only use that method.
    When you sew your binding onto your quilt, sew it to the back so you flip it to the front.
    If you want the topstitching to catch the back part of the binding too, make sure your folded edge on the front is barely over the stitching line, and then topstitch about 1/8 " from that edge.
    If you don't care if the stitching shows on the back, which is usually not a problem if you have a busy pattern on the back, just fold it where it fits best and topstitch.
    You can also use a fancy embroidery stitch instead of the topstitch on the front.
    Sharon Schamber has a youtube video on using glue to hold the binding in place until you sew it. I use that almost all the time instead of pins,

  4. #4
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,092
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use different stitches to sew on the bindings too, not just the straight stitch. Some are more forgiving than the straight stitch, like the blanket stitch :wink: I don't ever sew them on by hand :D:D:D

  5. #5
    Power Poster cjomomma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Murray, Ky. Looking for a nice cushy pillow to rest my head on!
    Posts
    15,938
    Blog Entries
    2
    I do it by machine too!! Not good at hand sewing either. I use fancy stitches to try and make it look good.

  6. #6
    Super Member oatw13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    1,748
    Here is a pdf tutorial from Sharon Schamber. It shows machine stitching the binding and also the glue method for basting. I have found that if I use the glue method, I never miss the binding on the back.

    She uses a zipper foot, but I just use a zig zag foot.

    http://www.sharonschamber.com/free%2...ng%20Class.pdf

    There are also videos on youtube of this method.

  7. #7
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Ack, I must say that even with all of her extra steps and work the machine binding still doesn't look great:<

  8. #8
    Power Poster Mariposa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Eastern Washington
    Posts
    26,729
    I only do bindings by machine. I cut my strips 2-1/4" wide, press in half, then sew with a 1/4" seam allowance onto the back side. I seam the ends together, then sew the top part down. Usually with a straight stitch, sometimes a decorative one. Works great for me. I don't use pins or glue.

  9. #9
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    Here is a pdf tutorial from Sharon Schamber. It shows machine stitching the binding and also the glue method for basting. I have found that if I use the glue method, I never miss the binding on the back.

    She uses a zipper foot, but I just use a zig zag foot.

    http://www.sharonschamber.com/free%2...ng%20Class.pdf

    There are also videos on youtube of this method.
    I can't get the link to show on my computer.

  10. #10
    Super Member Quilter7x's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    north east
    Posts
    8,531
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Ack, I must say that even with all of her extra steps and work the machine binding still doesn't look great:<
    I sew binding on the front side, then pin it around to the back and use a decorative stitch on the front. A patchwork/turkey tracks stitch does a great job because it goes over some of the binding on the front as well as into the quilt on the front and it catches everything on the back (provided I pinned well enough!).

    I wouldn't machine stitch binding on something formal, but on something that's going to get a lot of use, it's better to do it by machine.

  11. #11
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Yulee Florida
    Posts
    1,075
    thanks for a great tip/ideas

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    3,393
    My last quilt, I did the binding all by machine. I sewed the binding on the back, first. Then used a blanket stitch to sew the front on. It worked out really well.

  13. #13
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    I should clarify. I do many bindings by machine, but I do a decorative stitch on the front if it's for a child and that way, it looks great. I think the problem is when you do a straight stitch...any imperfections are very noticeable. I still fall back on my stitching it to the front and handstitching the back. It just looks the best IMHO.

  14. #14
    Super Member fleurdelisquilts.com's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Evergreen LA
    Posts
    1,549
    I use both methods, machine only and hand-stitching. (But I enjoy hand-stitching.) To machine stitch the binding, I sew it on the back and turn the binding to the front to sew. I don't pin, just use my fingers to hold a section at a time. The key is to use the first seam as your guide. Turn the binding so it just covers the seam and use a decorative stitch along the very edge. The decorative stitch will camoflage the imperfections and using the first stitch as a guide will help to keep those to a minimum.

  15. #15
    k3n
    k3n is offline
    Power Poster k3n's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    10,712
    Blog Entries
    1
    You could also, if you used a nice backing fabric, leave it bigger, then after quilting, trim to a scant inch wider than the wadding and top, fold in half towards the edge and press with the iron then fold in again over the top and zig zag in place. The corners take a bit of jiggery pokery to get neat but this is fine IMO for dolly quilts and other quicky projects. Otherwise I'm pernickety and always hand sew to the back. :mrgreen: :D

    Front of dolly quilt
    Name:  Attachment-132690.jpe
Views: 23
Size:  54.2 KB

    Back
    Name:  Attachment-132691.jpe
Views: 12
Size:  39.0 KB

  16. #16
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I should clarify. I do many bindings by machine, but I do a decorative stitch on the front if it's for a child and that way, it looks great. I think the problem is when you do a straight stitch...any imperfections are very noticeable. I still fall back on my stitching it to the front and handstitching the back. It just looks the best IMHO.
    What if the binding is the same color as the border? Will it still be as noticeable?

  17. #17
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    7,024
    Blog Entries
    1
    Eddie put a binding tutorial up here on the board a few months ago. It must work OK, because he has won ribbons doing it by machine.

  18. #18
    Senior Member AtHomeSewing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Pacific NW USA
    Posts
    896
    Ricky Tims has a nice method, shown in detail on his DVD, Grande Finale. That DVD is available at my library, maybe yours too?

  19. #19
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Eddie put a binding tutorial up here on the board a few months ago. It must work OK, because he has won ribbons doing it by machine.
    Know where it is? Cause I can't find it when I look it up in the search bar

  20. #20
    Super Member Shelbie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,946
    I think as quilters we worry too much about little details such as machine binding. No one that I've ever made a quilt for has ever complained about the binding. My thoughts on binding is make it co-ordinate, make it functional and long wearing and make it as neat as possible. Machine binding works for me and the quilts that I make.

  21. #21
    Senior Member hevemi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Turku, Finland
    Posts
    597
    Pat Sloan has a good tutorial on binding with machine on her blog, check it out. I've been using her method lately and even I get beautiful results.

  22. #22
    Super Member wildyard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Upstate NY, north of Syracuse Area
    Posts
    5,567
    k3n, what great morning glory fabric in your quilt. You don't happen to have any scraps left that you'd like to trade for? If you do, please PM me and let's see if we can work something out!!!
    Hugssssssss and smilesss, wildlinda

  23. #23
    Super Member purplefiend's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Round Rock,Texas
    Posts
    6,136
    I only do my bindings by machine. I fold it in half and sew it to the back of the quilt first and then fold it over to the front of the quilt and stitch it down with a straight stitch about 1/8" from the edge. It works great.
    Look at Kaye Wood's website, she has a good video for doing binding.
    Sharon W.

  24. #24
    Super Member sewingladydi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Woodhaven, Michigan
    Posts
    1,983
    Go to you tube and search "Sharon Schamber Quilting" and lots of stuff will come up. there's more than 1 on binding

  25. #25
    k3n
    k3n is offline
    Power Poster k3n's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    10,712
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    k3n, what great morning glory fabric in your quilt. You don't happen to have any scraps left that you'd like to trade for? If you do, please PM me and let's see if we can work something out!!!
    Hugssssssss and smilesss, wildlinda
    Hi Linda - I'm sorry but this was scraps that I was given by someone else or I'd happily send you some :-( . It IS pretty though, isn't it. :D

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.